Open House Review: 1 Shiloh

This week, I saw a home in the Northwood Park neighborhood in Northwood and was surprised to see that it was the same as two Park Paseo homes I reviewed in the past. Right now, 1 Shiloh is on the market for $769,800 ($382 per square foot). On June 4, 2013, 2 Campanero West sold for $707,000 ($369/ft with slightly smaller square footage) and 31 Entrada West sold on September 28, 2012 for $620,000 ($324/ft). Let’s see if 1 Shiloh is worth $60,000 more than the last.

The basics:

Asking Price: $769,800

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Square Footage: 2013

Lot Size: 5,353

$/Sq Ft: $382

Days on Market: 43

Property Type: Single Family Home

Year Built: 1980

Community: Northwood, Northwood Park

HOA dues are $65 per month and there are no Mello Roos.

At a quick glance, 1 Shiloh is about 100 square feet bigger than the other homes with a lot size over 1,300 square feet bigger. The kitchen on Shiloh has granite counters, while the other two have their original tile. All three homes have original windows and bathrooms with few updates. Shiloh is the only one with scraped ceilings throughout the entire house. Shiloh has balconies off all three bedrooms; the other two homes have none.

The owners of Shiloh just made some significant upgrades to help with the sale of the home. In the kitchen, they added the granite counters, repainted the cabinets and installed a new cook top and dishwasher. There are new stone tiles in the entry and ceramic tiles in the kitchen. The carpet throughout the downstairs is also new. The walls were stripped of their wallpaper and freshly painted.

The house is located on a corner lot, as was 2 Campanero West. This one backs to a residential street but sits alongside a non-residential street that runs directly to Sierra Vista Middle School. Traffic at drop off and pickup times is probably pretty heavy.

The home has the same layout as the others. The living room is to the right of the entry and down a couple of steps, with vaulted ceilings. The dining room sits just to the left of the entry, also with vaulted ceilings. An arched doorway leads from the dining room to the kitchen.

The recent upgrades to the kitchen make a big difference. It looks noticeably nicer, brighter, and more inviting than in the other two homes.

The family room has a wet bar in the corner with newly painted cabinets and an old tile counter. There is a large, brick fireplace on one wall that I didn’t find particularly attractive. The fireplace is wired for mounting a flat screen TV.

The backyard is a nice size and looks very pretty. It has a patio and a large grassy area with a pathway all around. The edges are lined with flowers and plants.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms. The master faces the back and has a long, narrow balcony overlooking the yard. It has a big walk-in closet and an arched doorway leading to the bathroom. There are two sinks with new fixtures but old counters with lots of small tiles. There is a shower/tub combo, though it’s covered in older, small tiles (including the floor) so it seems more suited as just a shower.

The other two bedrooms are fairly small. Each has a two-door, mirrored closet and access to a large, shared balcony.

The upstairs bathroom is pretty hideous. Tiny tiles cover the counter, floor, and the entire shower/tub combo. It is overwhelming to look at. Like the master, the only upgrades are to the sink hardware.

I think that the upgrades, extra square footage, and larger lot warrant a higher price for 1 Shiloh than for either 2 Campanero West or 31 Entrada West. The pricing is in line with others currently on the market, which has risen considerably since last summer. It’s interesting to see that this model keeps coming on the market. What do you think?